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Updated June 16,  2021 at 3:49 PM CT

NFL updates COVID-19 protocols, puts pressure on unvaccinated players

       The NFL and NFL Players Association have updated their COVID-19 protocols for 2021 training camp and preseason.

The aim is to loosen restrictions for fully vaccinated players and to encourage (pressure) others to get the vaccine.

Fully vaccinated players can forgo daily testing, no quarantine following exposure to the virus, no required physical distancing in team facilities, and a lift on travel restrictions.

Those who haven’t received both doses must still undergo testing on a daily basis, wear face-coverings regularly, quarantine if necessary, and adhere to distancing protocols.

Unvaccinated players will also be prohibited from gathering outside of the club facility unless they receive NFL and union approval, according to Pelissero. This includes meetings or group training activities.

Individuals who haven’t received the vaccine will go through a five-day process to gain entry into their team facility before training camp, according to MMQB’s Albert Breer, who adds those who are vaccinated will undergo COVID-19 tests once every two weeks during camp.

Unvaccinated players must continue to get daily testing, wear masks and practice physical distancing. They won’t be allowed to eat meals with teammates, can’t participate in media or marketing activities while traveling, aren’t permitted to use the sauna or steam room and may not leave the team hotel or interact with people outside the team while traveling.

Media access to the press box, field and sidelines, locker room and postgame interview room will be available only to media members who are fully vaccinated.

Players can be fined up to $50,000 for violating protocol.

“They’re doing a great job of continuing to educate us and giving us resources and then kind of giving us the option to make that informed decision with where we’re at personally and go from there,” Vikings wide reciever Adam Thielen said.

As we reported yesterday, more than half the players currently on NFL rosters have taken at least one dose.

The NFL is not mandating that players get the vaccine, but the league is expected to ease restrictions on gatherings and practices for teams with at least 85% fully vaccinated players, applying more pressure to those not vaccinated to do so.

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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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